Solo con tu pareja: Criterion Collection

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

conquests are so numerous and his schedule is so full of different ladies, he sometimes has trouble remembering names. He has done a good job of keeping the women apart and not having to deal with his cheating ways, but sooner or later, someone was bound to learn the truth. His past catches up with him in a huge way when a routine medical exam yields some unpleasant news. He loves unprotected sex and insists on no condoms, a decision he now has to face the consequences of. The test results from his exam show he is positive for AIDS, which crushes Tomas. He is so upset by this news, he decides to take his own life that night and end it all. But will Tomas go through with this suicidal impulse, or will he somehow find a reason to live once again?

Alfonso Cuaron has found fame with his hit film Y tu mama tambien, but even before that movie, Cuaron had shown immense potential. Before he would step in to direct a Harry Potter picture, Cuaron made his debut with this screwball romantic comedy, Solo con tu pareja. As you’d expect from screwball comedy, this one is over the top and moves at a brisk pace. Cuaron’s potential is evident, but he relies on cliches and recycled material too much here, especially with the humor. Even so, Solo con tu pareja manages to entertain and has flashes of the kind of skill Cuaron would later showcase. With an intentional detestable lead, the film’s humor comes from suffering of course, to see what bad stuff happens next. There is a mean streak here to be sure, but the film was more tame in places than I expected. Given the over the top tone, Cuaron could have taken this one beyond what we see here, but it remains in a pretty safe comfort zone. This is rather low brow stuff however, so don’t expect the sophistication of Cuaron’s later work. In the end, I found Solo con tu pareja to be a fun, flawed movie that was well worth the time to check out. As usual, Criterion has drummed up a terrific release, so that leaves me to give this release a more than solid recommendation.

Video: How does it look?

Solo con tu pareja is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The movie has been restored for this release and it shows, as the print looks very clean the image is quite sharp indeed. I saw minimal wear signs and debris, which will please fans for sure, as the film’s visuals are allowed to shine here. A little grain is evident at times and some edge enhancement is present, but not enough of either to lessen the experience. The black & white image is very impressive, thanks to accurate black levels and strong detail presence, very impressive work indeed. Another disc from Criterion and of course, another excellent visual transfer.

Audio: How does it sound?

The audio is also more than solid, as good as stereo can be and in this case, that’s enough. This movie is driven by dialogue and of course, mono can handle that and here, it presents the vocals in fine form. I was pleased with how crisp and clean the dialogue was and even though I don’t speak Italian, I can tell sharp vocals when I hear them. As always, Criterion has included the original Italian language track, which sounds terrific all around and should satisfy fans. This disc also includes optional English subtitles.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes some cast & crew interviews, two short films, and the film’s theatrical trailer.

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